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10 weeks pregnant

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Your healthcare practitioner may be able to hear your baby's heartbeat by using a small ultrasound audio device called a Doppler. Don't be upset if you can't hear it quite yet -- your dates may be off or the baby may be too far away from the device.

Get an idea of what your baby's heartbeat sounds like through a Doppler by stopping by the sound gallery!


Eat it up, drink it up

Drinking milk

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body. Of the total amount in a non-pregnant woman (~1200 grams), nearly 99% is found in bones and teeth. A primary function of calcium is to aid in the growth, development, and maintenance of bones and teeth. For you, the mom-to-be, this function of calcium translates to two needs: your own bone and tooth health, and your baby's bone formation and development.

Non-fat and low-fat dairy products supply equal amounts of calcium with fewer calories than higher-fat counterparts. Green leafy vegetables, tofu and canned salmon (bones included) are other good sources of calcium. Calcium-fortified foods, such as some orange juices and breakfast cereals, also provide significant amounts of calcium, especially for women who do not eat dairy products.

During pregnancy, you should consume at least four servings of calcium-rich foods a day, or the equivalent of one quart of milk. Click here for some calcium-rich food ideas and more nutritional info.


Class distinction

I bet you thought the days of of sitting in class were long gone… But now that you find yourself expecting a little bundle, you’re going to need to choose a childbirth class -- and with your baby’s well being in mind, this can be trickier even than choosing your college courses! However, you should take a class or two, because childbirth classes benefit you, your partner and your baby.

Here’s a rundown: Childbirth class 101 - choose the best childbirth class for you


Tears, tears and more tears?

During pregnancy, your hormone levels change and can cause somewhat of a Jekyll and Hyde effect. You may be just fine, then see a Lifetime-like movie and burst into tears. In fact, you could see even something as simple as a car commercial featuring a happy family and start bawling.

Woman crying

Beyond the hormones, you’re also dealing with a HUGE event. Having a baby is no walk in the park. It can be fun, but it can also be a confusing time for many women. You’re heading into unknown territory, which can be scary and raise all sorts of stressful questions.

Tears happen — sometimes when you least expect it. That said, pregnancy mood swings should never affect your day to day life (or another person’s life) in an ongoing or negative way.

What to watch out for, and how to get help: Is it normal to cry about everything during pregnancy?


From the message boards

"From the moment we found out we were expecting, DH went into this 'zone'...hard to explain, but he is constantly on me about eating the right things and trying to still get some exercise because he feels like I am the one with the control over our growing baby's health. I, on the other hand, am focusing mostly on getting through work and grad school without throwing up every morning. I feel sick constantly, and having him up my butt is not helping! This is our first, so it's probably normal and I know he is just concerned about me and the baby... but I can only take so much of it! I am praying this snow melts quickly so I can send him off golfing and be pregnant in peace! Am I being too harsh?" - Lisa

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